Okay I'm exaggerating a bit with the on-call thing. I'm looking for a seasoned C# developer who is also familiar with C++ and XML.... I'm no stranger to the pay2play routine, but in this case I'm offering to pay by script page or pay by method; payment will include your research time and will work where I will give you half up front and you get the other half when the project is complete; I only pay in full up front on the first project. So here's the thing. I don't want this to be solely about money. I'm looking for a concrete working partnership as well with someone who is also willing to work for intrinsic reasons at times. This doesn't mean you won't be paid if you insist. It just means that a real friendship is required if you want this to be an extended situation. One last thing... this is an educational situation. I think we can learn a lot from one another and that is also an important factor. So someone with an educational background, like myself would be nice. Thanks.